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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby Peter » 29 Oct 2009 - 13:50

BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train (via SOFIA)
Information for Interrail, Eurail travellers and persons with normal train ticket travelling by night train from Belgrade (Serbia) to Istanbul (Turkey).


The direct night train is currently suspended.


More information, schedules and photos at Raildude:
Belgrade - Istanbul: http://www.raildude.com/en/train-connec ... turkey/136
Istanbul - Belgrade: http://www.raildude.com/en/train-connec ... serbia/135



Older information:
TIMETABLE:

Beograd Dep: 0750
Istanbul Sirkeci Arr: 0750 (next day)

Istanbul Sirkeci Dep: 2200
Beograd Arr: 1947 (next day)

1-bed-sleeper (only 1st class)
Rail pass fare: EUR 60Standard fare: 145

2-bed-sleeper
Rail pass fare: EUR 30
Standard fare: EUR 98

3-bed-sleeper
Rail pass fare: EUR 18
Standard fare: EUR 85

Couchette (4-berths)
Rail pass fare: EUR 14
Standard fare: EUR 65

Couchette (6-berths)
Rail pass fare: EUR 9,40
Standard fare: EUR 60




Update: Sep 2013
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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby ShoRa » 07 May 2011 - 12:10

Till 11. june on this route runs one sleeping car with surcharge:

tourist /triple sleeper: 18 EUR
double: 30 EUR
single (1st class): 60 EUR

From 12. june there will be one couchete car, and no sleeping car. The price for the couchette is:

6 bed compartment: 9,40 EUR
4 bed compartment: 14 EUR
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Postby flow » 07 May 2011 - 12:53

Hi,

thanks for the update; do you know if this is a temporary measure or if sleeper and couchette change in summer and winter timetable?


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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby ShoRa » 08 May 2011 - 02:17

flow wrote:Hi,

thanks for the update; do you know if this is a temporary measure or if sleeper and couchette change in summer and winter timetable?


Flo 8)


No, it is scheduled like that this year, and it was like that last year. Sleeper is served by ŽS, and couchette by TCDD. When ŽS is serving, sometimes direct car Belgrade - Istanbul is missing because there is a lack of sleeping cars, but sometimes there is also facultative ŽS couchette car (usually when ŽS sleeping car is missing). So it is smarter not to reserve in advance.
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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby Biscuit » 10 Sep 2011 - 18:05

Havıng travelled on thıs route earlıer thıs week I'd lıke to add that you really need to go ın expectıng the worst!

The traın ıs VERY old and VERY slow. We actually broke down ın the mıddle of Serbıa and had to waıt for a replacement locomotıve whıch took THREE HOURS!!

In the hot sun, ın a statıonery traın wıth no aır condıtıonıng, ıt was a lıttle uncomfortable and most people got off the traın to wander about and fınd some shade.

Obvıously thıs won't happen every tıme, but as others have commented elsewhere the traın ıs often unrelıable and therefore late so do allow yourself plenty of tıme. The whole journey ended up takıng over THIRTY HOURS for us ın the end!

Luckıly everyone on board ın my carrıage took ıt well and we ended up makıng the best of ıt. A kındly conductor bought us four lıtres of beer whılst we stopped ın Sofıa, whıch certaınly helped the rest of the journey go a lıttle more smoothly! A few of us worrıed he had just run off wıth our money (fıve of us paıd one Euro each) but the guy came through and really helped make the experıence a whole lot more bearable.

My number one tıp however, would be to go to the toılet before you board because the facılıtıes on board are VERY basıc (just a hole ın the floor, no runnıng water and no toılet paper!)

You would also do well to stock up on food and drınk (especıally lots of water) because you're goıng to be on thıs traın for a LONG tıme and thıs ısn't Germany, where long dıstance traıns have comfortable bars and snack wagons.
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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby Peter » 11 Sep 2011 - 15:38

That's why I love travelling in Eastern Europe and on this route as well !!! :)
It is always adventure, you meet nice people (travel companions and beer bringing conductors) and I am sure, you will always have this trip in your mind even in 10 years.
Like you said, it is not Germany - but it would be boring if everywhere in the world it is the same standard, everything in time (German trains also love delays). Enjoy it, relax and always have some beer with you. :)
That's Interrail! :)
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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby Biscuit » 14 Sep 2011 - 15:25

Oh absolutely, I wouldn't change it for the world. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable journeys I've had so far!!

Just wanted to share my experience and offer up that being prepared before you go will make all the difference
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Postby Peter » 15 Sep 2011 - 09:36

And this is very helpful to get such information and experiences. Thank you. Didn't want to criticize your post. :)
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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby maciek89 » 15 May 2013 - 09:34

HI i want to go this train from belgrade to istanbul.can you teell me how much it will be cost.the cheapest ption??
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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby flow » 15 May 2013 - 09:56

Hi!

Do you just want to travel this route or are you doing a longer (InterRail) trip?

The direct night train is suspended, you have to take this connection at the moment: http://www.raildude.com/en/belgrade-ist ... ty/id/2605
More information here: http://train.raildude.com/to-istanbul-by-train-part-1/


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BELGRADE (Beograd) - ISTANBUL | night train

Postby Peter » 15 May 2013 - 09:57

Hi.
The direct train is currently suspended.
Please read this blog post of Flow for travel details: http://train.raildude.com/to-istanbul-by-train-part-1/
Peter :)
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